Qualified Remodeler Magazine

AUG 2015

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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the insulation equation, and the team added argon-flled, thermal paned windows with wooden frames for style and aluminum cladding for low maintenance. EASY MOVEMENT Poor existing circulation made the master bedroom ac- cessible only through the study, and the owners had to pass through a closet to reach the master bath. Landis Architects/Builders' designer reconfgured the frst foor with a new entry to the master bedroom from the family room, placing the master bath on one side of the entry and a new walk-in closet on the other. Te remodel's plan called for adding a large shed dor- mer at one end of the second foor to increase one of the bedroom's ceiling heights. During construction, the team discovered signifcant second-story defciencies, including cut trusses which compromised the home's structural integrity. "Te second foor had been added on by the home's previous owners using such shoddy workmanship that we had to reframe a full one-third of the second story and redo all of the electrical wiring upstairs," Landis Architects/Builders' Project Manager Andrew Kerr explains. Te owners originally wanted to add a caretaker's suite over the garage but decided against it during the plan- ning phase to save money. With the need to reframe the second story portion adjacent to the garage, reinstating the addition became a reality. Te self-sustained suite has a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and private outdoor entrance but can be accessed through the home via a locking double door system. Now empty nesters, the owners' four adult children and their partners return home during holidays and special occasions. In order to accommodate everyone under one roof, the couple wanted a series of bedroom/bathroom suites. Te new layout relocated two hallway bathrooms into ensuite bathrooms and added a third ensuite bath- room. Now, only one bedroom's associated bathroom remains in the hallway. All bathrooms have dual-fush toilets and low-fow fxtures to conserve water. Above: Full-sized skylights in hallways bring natural light into the home. Above, left: Landis Architects/Builders discovered significant second-floor deficiencies. QualifiedRemodeler.com QR August 2015 21

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